Early years and childcare opportunities

Working with children is a worthwhile, challenging and immensely rewarding career choice. A career in early education, childcare and play could be for you if you are:

  • enthusiastic and fun
  • caring, understanding and patient
  • resourceful, imaginative and creative
  • responsible

Variety of roles

Depending on your experience, the hours you want to work, and the age range of children you want to work with, you could choose to work in nurseries, pre-schools, out-of-school and holiday clubs or as a childminder in your own home. You could also specialise in working with children with special educational needs.

Training and development opportunities

Working in early years education, childcare and play work offers career progression through nationally recognised and respected qualifications. Qualifications are not always required to start work in a childcare or play work setting, although you must usually show a commitment to gaining a qualification. Usually people gain practical experience in a job whilst working towards a qualification.

There are opportunities for promotion, and with further qualifications and training you can progress to being a qualified practitioner, playworker, supervisor, deputy manager, or manager and can go on to gain early years professional status.

Contact the early years workforce development team for further information about careers and childcare related qualifications.

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